Downtown Tampa Florida Events

On-Going In-Town Tampa Events

TAMPA NIGHT MARKET
New downtown urban street market on the First Thursday of every month. Shop vendors, makers, vintage boutiques, and more! Live local entertainment with musicians, artists & performers.  Franklin St's Poe Plaza.  6-10pm.  TampaNightMarket.com

BREWS & BITES AT THE SAIL
A rolling celebration of food & fun, featuring a fleet of area food trucks, craft beers, and live entertainment.  The Sail.  6-11pm.  Second Friday of the month.  813-274-8420  TampaConventionCenter.com (Event Info)

YBOR CITY SATURDAY MARKET
Every Saturday, rain or shine. Delight in locally produced gourmet food and one-of-a-kind items unique to the Tampa Bay area. Centennial Park, Ybor City.  Oct-Apr 9am-3pm, May-Sep 9am-1pm.  813-241-2442  YborMarket.com

CHILDREN’S BOARD FREE TUESDAYS
The first Tuesday of the month from 2-7pm the Glazer Children’s Museum opens its doors to kids and adults for FREE! Glazer Children's Museum.  813-443-3861
GlazerMuseum.org

MAYOR’S FOOD TRUCK FIESTA
Join Mayor Buckhorn on the First Wednesday of the month for a lunchtime food truck fiesta.  11am-2pm.  Lykes Gaslight Square.   (Event Info)

THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION SERIES: FIRST FRIDAYS
The Henry B Plant Museum opens its doors with free admission on the First Friday of each month (Jan-Nov), visitors are encouraged to explore the nation’s only Victorian railroad resort museum, enjoy music on the veranda, and share a treat with friends at the tasting table.
Henry B Plant Museum.  5-7pm.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

FOURTH FRIDAY
Explore your city and celebrate Tampa's rich arts and culture scene every fourth Friday with exclusive offers at dozens of downtown museums, galleries, theaters and restaurants. The Streetcar will now be free to all Fourth Friday participants wearing the complimentary wristbands.  FourthFridayTPA.com

THE ART SPOT
Let your children explore their creativity with gallery-related monthly themes and self-guided art projects.  Every Saturday.  11am-2pm.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org (Event Info)

3RD THURSDAY
You'll find tasty street food along with live music, cocktails and local beer at this fun festival on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  The Grand Central at Kennedy.  6-10pm.  813-221-3686  TampaBayMarkets.com

FRESH MARKET
Enjoy local foods, music, shopping and take in a breath of nature while strolling through the park on the first Sunday of every month. Hyde Park Village.  10am-3:30pm.  HydeParkVillage.com

STREETCAR LIVE
Hop on board for a concert that rocks and actually does roll! Mark your calendar on the first Saturday of every month for this family fun event.  Teco Line Streetcar System.  5-7pm.  813-254-4278  TecoLineStreetcar.org

HARBOUR ISLAND ART WALK
The last Sunday of the month along Tampa’s Waterfront is where you will find live music, unique one-of-a-kind art, handcrafted gifts, jewelry, home & garden collectibles, specialty foods and treasures.  Harbour Island on Post Harbour Drive.  12-5pm.  HarbourIslandArtWalk.com

YOGA IN THE PARK
Join the largest yoga class in Tampa where you can experience yoga while watching the sunset! Designed for beginners & experienced yoga enthusiasts.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  Every Sunday from 6-7pm. 813-944-2291.  YogaDowntownTampa.com

U-JAM FITNESS
Every Monday experience an athletic dance fitness workout designed for all fitness levels that combines World Beats with easy to learn steps and high energy music.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  6-7pm.  TampasDowntown.com

ZUMBA IN THE PARK
Each Tuesday evening shrink everything but your smile and let the music free your body. The ultimate dance-fitness party will grove you into shape. And it’s free.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  6pm.  813-221-3686  (Event Info)

ROCK THE PARK
Downtown Tampa's free monthly music concert series on the 1st Thursday of each month from 6:30-9:30pm. Located at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, RTP showcases Tampa's musical talent in a beautiful, relaxed setting. With the park's stadium-styled seating and food & drinks on premise, there’s always an exiting vibe.
RocktheParkTampa.com

FRESH MARKET AT HYDE PARK VILLAGE
An outdoor market located in the center of the village held on the 1st Sunday of each month. Includes 90+ local vendors with fresh produce, plants, farm fresh eggs & poultry, handmade soaps, locally roasted coffee, ready to eat lunch bites, artisan products, cold ice cream, popsicles and more.  Hyde Park Village.  TampaBayMarkets.com

BE DOPE DO YOGA
Free weekly yoga class open to all. Every Sunday switch up the flow to give you variety for your mind, body, and breath to connect.  Joe Chillura Courthouse Square.  11am-Noon.

TAMPA INDIE FLEA
An indoor/outdoor market showcasing the best vendors of all things local, indie, and hand-made held the 3rd Sunday of each month.  Historic Rialto Theatre.  Noon-4pm.  TheIndieFlea.com

TASTING TUESDAY
The 3rd Tuesday of each month attend an informative journey through wine varietals & destinations...along with appetizers. Wine Exchange Bistro & Wine Bar.  6:30-8pm.  813-254-9463  WineExchangeTampa.com

Special In-Town Tampa Events

MAR 23 - DEC 23  IMPERIAL DESIGNS: FROM THE HAPSBURG'S HEREND TO THE ROMANOV'S FABERGE
An exquisite collection of porcelains and decorative arts harkening back to the grand dynasties of 19th Century Europe and Asia.  Henry B Plant Museum.   6-10pm   813-254-1891   PlantMuseum.com

JUN 2 - DEC  NAVIGATING IN THE AGE BEFORE GPS
Nautical Charts of Florida and the Caribbean The exhibit features a dozen large-scale nautical charts dating back to the late 1700s letting visitors navigate Florida's coastlines the way sailors had done centuries before the existence of GPS with a piece of paper.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

SEP 18-23  CHICAGO
CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

SEP 22   MUSEUM DAY LIVE
Free admission for all visitors during Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! Tampa Bay History Center, Henry B Plant Museum, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, & Tampa Museum of Art. Get your ticket at  SmithsonianMag.com/museumday

SEP 22   CITY: FASHION + ART + CULTURE
This runway event captures Marc Bouwer's aesthetic, which defines timeless elegance. Bouwer's sleek and draped designs capture his allure - the formfitting look - imbued with a desire to celebrate the female figure. His designs have graced A-listers on red carpets, as well as numerous magazine covers.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

SEP 21-23   2018 MEGACON
Meet some of your favorite stars and grab a few autographs, pictures and not to mention all the great booths and costumes to visit and admire!  Tampa Convention Center.  Fri 4-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm.  MegaconTampabay.com

SEP 28 - OCT 14   JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG
Ernest Janning, one of the most influential German legal minds of the pre war era, and other influential Nazis face a military tribunal in the second wave of post war trials at Nuremberg. Issues at the forefront of this trial reverberate through history and challenge humanity to this day.  Stage Works Theatre.  813-374-2416  StageWorksTheatre.org

SEP 28 - FEB 14   YAYOI KUSAMA: LOVE IS CALLING
Know for her Infinity Rooms, Love Is Calling invites visitors to enter a mirrored room with tentacle-like soft sculptures hanging from the ceiling and positioned on the floor. These forms glow with changing colors creating a kaleidoscopic effect, with the reflected imagery of the tentacles seemingly extending into infinite space. Visitors hear audio of the artist reciting a love poem in Japanese as they walk throughout the installation.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

SEP 28   Dishes and Wishes Tampa
Enjoy gourmet tastings from some of our area's most sought-after restaurants, specialty cocktails, live music, Silent and Live Auctions & more! 100% of the proceeds from Dishes and Wishes benefits Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.  Armature Works  7-11pm. DishesAndWishesTampa.com

SEP 28  SUICIDEGIRLS: BLACKHEART BURLESQUE
The sexiest, smartest, geekiest, and most fun definitive pop-culture burlesque show! Featuring none other than SuicideGirls themselves, the show has been performed hundreds of times, delighted millions of fans in more than six countries, and has been touring since 2003.  Tampa Theatre.  9pm  813-274-8981  TampaTheatre.org

SEP 29  2ND ANNUAL PADDLE FOR PEACE
Bring safety, hope, and renewal to survivors of domestic violence. Paddle of Peace is open to paddleboarders and kayakers of all experience levels (ages 6+), spectators, and pets! There will be challenges for 2 miles, 1 mile, and 1/2 mile along the Hillsborough River from Water Works Park to Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa.  8am.  813-247-5433

SEP 29  MY DOLL AND ME: FELICITY
Travel through time with Felicity! Peek into the past as we enjoy crafts, games, activities and hands-on gallery experiences. All activities reflect the time period or theme of each doll. American Girl dolls are welcome but not required for participation.  Tampa Bay History Center.  10am - 12pm.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

SEP 29 - OCT 31  AMERICAN VICTORY SHIP HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE
Undead in the Water: A zombie outbreak has swept across Tampa Bay. The only way out from this battle of humanity is to escape aboard the American Victory Ship. Will you survive? Select nights in October. American Victory Ship.  813-228-8766.   AmericanVictory.org

OCT 1 - DEC 30   DAY BY DAY: 1968
Step back in time and see such events as the Vietnam War and the Space Race as they appeared at the time. Comprising of photographs taken from newspapers and other popular media, this exhibition gives a chronological account of each day in 1968.  Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.  813-221-2222  FMOPA.org

OCT 1-31  MONSTER MASHUP
From spooky science to costume design in celebration of All Hallow's Eve. Glazer Children's Museum.  813-443-3861 GlazerMuseum.org

OCT 1  TAMPA BAY'S TAILGATE TASTE FEST
Bring your friends, family, pets and appetites to eat food, drink beer, listen to live music and enjoy football on huge LED video screens!  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  3pm-10:30pm  TailgateTasteFest.com

OCT 6   9th ANNUAL YBOR OKTOBERFEST PUB CRAWL
Enjoy free samples of Oktoberfest or premium beer at 20 of Ybor's patio bars & pubs. Along with a mix of German food, music, door prizes and drink specials.  Ybor City.   2 - 6pm.  Ybor.org

OCT 7   2018 VIVA TAMPA BAY HISPANIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Enjoy an exciting FREE Family Art & Cultural Festival, celebrating the beauty of Tampa Bay's Hispanic Communities! Delicious Latin foods, Art, festivities for children, music, cultural dance exhibitions, and Heritage Awards.  Centennial Park.   11am-6pm.  VivaTampabayFestival.com

OCT 12-14   5TH ANNUAL TAMPA TATTOO ARTS CONVENTION
Featuring artists from Ink Master, vendors, seminars, entertainment, contests and more!  Tampa Convention Center.  Fri 2pm-12am, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-8pm.  VillainArts.com

OCT 12  BREWS BY THE BAY
Enjoy unlimited beer tastings and food samplings with amazing undersea views at downtown Tampa's most unique beer and food event. We'll be overflowing with endless beers, delicious, a sea of live entertainment including The Spazmatics, and a silent disco.  The Florida Aquarium.  8 - 11pm.  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

OCT 13   FALL MARKET HOP
A collaboration for market lovers! Start the day at the Ybor Saturday Morning Market, open from 9am-1pm. After that, walk over to the Chamber market in Centro Ybor, open from 11am-4pm. Then take a quick FREE ride on the TECO Line Streetcar to the Maven Market in the Channel District, open from noon-6pm.  Ybor.org

OCT 13  24TH ANNUAL TAMPA POLICE MEMORIAL RUN
5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk Honoring those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Tampa.  Lykes Gaslight Square Park.  5k Start 8am, 1 Mile 9am. TampaPoliceMemorial.org

OCT 12-14 OKTOBERFEST
TAMPA 2018

The 9th Annual festival of Gemutlichkeit returns. Enjoy delicious food, outrageous Bavarian games, mustache competitions, live alphorn performances, oompah music, Schuplattler dancers, good ol' chicken dancing, Ceremonial Keg Tappings and BEER! Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.   OktoberfestTampa.com

OCT 14  HAUNT THE HISTORY CENTER DURING A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Families can trick or treat with the ghosts of Tampa's past at this annual costumed Halloween event.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

OCT 20  MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER OF TAMPA
Celebrating 20 years! Come together with survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. Celebrate your shared efforts. Inspire each other to carry on. And take comfort in the knowledge that because of your dedication, no one walks alone.  Amalie Arena.  8:45am. MakingStridesWalk.org/TampaFL

OCT 20 TAMPA PIG JIG 2018
Come out and enjoy a day of music, games and most importantly BBQ! Don't forget to bring a bib!  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.   1pm-10pm TampaPigJig.com

OCT 26-28   FANTASMA FEST 2018
The 7th Annual Fantasma Fest kicks off this ghoulish season when the Legend of the Pumpkin King Parade invades Ybor City marching down 7th Avenue Friday from 6-8pm. Saturday enjoy the Little Monster's Promenade & Pumpkin Patch, where kids enjoy face painting, choose from over 2000 FREE pumpkins to decorate and show off their costumes by trick-or-treating down historic 7th Avenue with Ybor City merchants from 11am-3pm. Then from 3-6pm thrill seekers dress up to race their homemade beds on wheels down 7th Avenue, drag race style in the Big Monsters Bed Race. Finishing off the festival on Sunday, Stroll down historic 7th Avenue while listening to 50's music and enjoy over 200 American muscle and classic cars and motorcycles to support veterans.   Ybor City.  YborNow.com

OCT 27   THE 3RD ANNUAL RIVERWALK TRICK OR TREAT
Kids in costume along with their families are invited to Trick or Treat along the entire Riverwalk with a Halloween movie in Water Works Park.   Tampa Riverwalk.   4-7pm. TheTampaRiverwalk.com

OCT 27-28  GUPPYWEEN
Come dressed in your best costume to Trick-or-treat among over 7,000 animals and plants native to Florida and around the world. Entertainment and treats provided.  The Florida Aquarium.  1-5pm. Sensory Guppyween will be Sat from 8-9:30am.  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

NOV 3 WANDERLUST 108 TAMPA
The world's only mindful triathlon...a field day for your mind, body and soul. Featuring running, yoga & meditation.  Julian B Lane Park.  7:30am-3:30pm.  Wanderlust.com

NOV 17  CUPCAKE FESTIVAL
Local cupcake bakers will go head-to-head at the 8th Ybor City Saturday Market Cupcake Festival. A panel of judges will determine the best-tasting cupcakes along with the coolest creations and the winner will earn the title of "Best Cupcake in Tampa 2018".  Ybor City Saturday Market.  9am-3pm.  YborMarket.com

NOV 16 - JAN 6  WINTER VILLAGE AT CURTIS HIXON PARK
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park. Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy ice skating along the Hillsborough River, under the palm trees. Including holiday retail stores, waterfront dining and free entertainment.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  WinterVillageTampa.com

NOV 20  TAMPA'S TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Enjoy live music, the countdown to light the tree with Mayor Buckhorn, the Christmas market, and a free movie in the park.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  6-10pm.  FriendsOfTampaRec.org

DEC 1  SANTA FEST & TAMPA'S DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE
Enjoy the 37th Annual Holiday Parade stepping off 11am at Morgan Street and Madison Street with the best viewing along Madison Street. Then Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed into a winter wonderland...take photos with Santa, hands-on games and activities, glice skating, and the Christmas market.  Straz Center.  11am-4pm.  FriendsOfTampaRec.org

DEC 1-23  VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS STROLL
Stroll down the extravagantly adorned hallways of the former Tampa Bay Hotel. Sing with carolers and meet old Saint Nick.  Henry B Plant Museum.   10am-8pm.   813-254-1891   PlantMuseum.com

DEC 2  YBOR CITY CIGAR HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Cigar aficionados, relish in the "Best" cigars from around the world. Watch as Cuban artisans handcraft cigars. Enjoy food, drink, cigar vendors, dominoes, live music featuring the Black Honkeys and more.  Centennial Park.  11am-5pm.  YborCityCigarFestival.com